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“The buildings and structures that surround us form the everyday landscapes of our lives. They constitute a visual record of our existence and act as a reminder of our temporality. I am interested in the way we respond to these landscapes and how they can exclude, alienate, reassure or bolster. I am curious about whose actions and decisions shape them, how people appraise and value them, seek to protect them or change them.

Consciously devoid of figuration in order to encompass a time period greater than the present, my method of constructing and painting mirrors the layering I observe. Likewise, I see symmetry in using ‘recycled’ house paint; paint left over from other people’s DIY projects that perhaps retains something of their optimism.” 

Gillian Swan is a mixed media artist based in the West Midlands. She was a longtime resident of East London; an area that was a focal point of her work during that time. She co-ordinated the Leytonstone Arts Trail in 2013 and is one of the founders of The Stone Space, an artist-led gallery space in Leytonstone, East London.

All images are copyrighted © Gillian Swan 2023.

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